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All About Love With Dr Carol Morgan LOVE & LOVE LANGUAGES Love. Ahhhhh… they say it makes the world go ‘round. But does it? Does it always make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Or does it sometimes cause us problems in our relationships? Well, the answer is both. We have all had our share of relationship problems – especially in romantic ones. And when people say to me, “Relationships are hard!” I always reply, “No they’re not. They are not inherently hard. It’s the people that make them hard.” What I mean by that is that humans are inherently selfish. We want to “win” and to get other people to understand what we want; unfortunately, that often results in two people who just don’t understand each other; because of that, their relationship suffers. One key to healthy relationships is understanding the different types of love. Everyone gives and receives love differently. And in addition to that, some people are much more capable of experiencing certain types of love than others.

8 TYPES OF LOVE

According to the Ancient Greeks The Ancient Greeks studied everything from public speaking to the start in the universe; love is something they were also fascinated with, which they studied and classified into eight types. Let’s take a look at the different types of love so you can better understand your own relationships. 1. Agape — Unconditional Love First, we have agape love. This is an altruistic, selfless, unconditional love. The Greeks thought it was quite radical, perhaps because so few people seem capable of feeling it long-term. Some people would describe agape as a type of spiritual love. For instance, Christians believe 36

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that Jesus exhibited this kind of love for all humans. He was selfless and sacrificed Himself so that others could be rid of their sins. He suffered for the happiness of others. 2. Eros — Romantic Love Eros is named after the Greek god of love and fertility, therefore, it is usually associated with romantic, passionate, and physical love. It is an expression of sexual passion and desire. The Greeks were actually quite fearful of this love, strangely enough. They thought that because human beings have an instinctual impulse to procreate, that this love was so powerful it would result in a loss of control. Although the Greeks thought this kind of love was dangerous, it is still the kind of love that is associated with passionate, sexual love. Even in modern days, some people believe that this kind of love “burns hot and bright, but it burns out fast.” 3. Philia — Affectionate Love The Greeks defined this kind of love as “affectionate love.” In other words, it is the kind of love that you feel for your friends. Ironically, the ancient Greeks thought this kind of love was better than eros (sexual love), because it represented love between people who considered themselves equals. While a lot of people associate the word “love” with romance, Plato always argued that physical attraction wasn’t necessary for love. Hence, why there are many different types of love. This type, in particular, is often referred to as “platonic” love – love without sexual acts. 4. Philautia — Self-love Philautia is self-love. In our modern day society, most people associate self-love with being narcissistic, selfish, or stuck on themselves. However, this is not what the ancient Greeks meant by self-love. Self-love is not negative or unhealthy in any way.

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